Teacher Recruitment Fair set Tuesday – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is hosting an in-person Teacher Recruitment Fair from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the central office, 2490 Hilborn Road.

The district is seeking qualified educators. Conditional offers may be made the same day. Positions are open for multiple-subject teachers, single-subject teachers in math and science, and special education teachers.

The event offers an opportunity to network with school principals and check out the district’s academic programs.

Source: The Week Ahead: Teacher Recruitment Fair set Tuesday

Friends of the Dixon May Fair award seven scholarships – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Seven Solano County scholars — six from Dixon and one from Vacaville–are sharing $12,000 in college agricultural scholarships awarded by the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.

The Friends, the service-oriented and fundraising arm of the fair, annually awards scholarships to Solano County residents enrolled in an agricultural-related field at either a four-year university or a two-year community college in California. The organization, headed by president Donnie Huffman of Vacaville, has awarded $222,750 in college scholarships since 2003.

Natalie Victorine of Dixon, a 2021 graduate of Dixon High School, received the $3000 Ester Armstrong Scholarship, the top award. She will major in agricultural communications this fall at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Source: Friends of the Dixon May Fair award seven scholarships – The Reporter

New state bill helps students with grade relief during pandemic – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week, some students who did not qualify for graduation in June may now be able to do so just one month later.

Newsom inked Assembly Bill 104, which relieves some students’ requirements, retention and grades because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The legislation was listed as urgent and immediately applies to all school districts, retroactive to the 2020-21 school year and applied to the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

“For many, distance learning has not been ideal across the state,” said Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Superintendent Kris Corey. “We don’t want to penalize and hurt students for things that may have been out of their control. This was not a normal situation. Students should not be punished for a pandemic.”

Source: New state bill helps students with grade relief during pandemic

Fairfield boutique shop moving into old Gomer School – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The past four years have been a period of nonstop growth for boutique store Farmer’s Closet, which has evolved from an online store to a mobile business to a pair of brick-and-mortar stores in Fairfield and Winters.

And the growth does not stop. Next week, Farmer’s Closet will be moving its Fairfield location into the old Gomer School building in Suisun Valley.

Business co-owner Amber Blanc said that she and her sister, Lacy DeQuattro, had more inventory than their Fairfield Corners shop could accommodate.

“We developed an app last January, so we ship all over the U.S. and Canada,” she said. “The space at Oliver Road we’ve been at for the last four years, we’ve just kind of outgrown it.”

Source: Fairfield boutique shop moving into old Gomer School – The Reporter

Travis Credit Union awards scholarships to 20 local high school students – The Reporter

Travis Credit Union recently awarded 20 local high school students the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship, one of the annual scholarships TCU awards to assist its young members with the increasing cost of higher education.

All of the winning students received a ‘Gala in a Box,’ which included the scholarship award announcement of $2,000 to help with college expenses, as well as a $200 gift card. TCU board members as well as executive leadership members coordinated live Zoom calls with the families to join with them virtually in opening the ‘special delivery’ box to celebrate their achievement.

For 17 years, TCU has been awarding 20 local, college-bound seniors with a $2,000 Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship. To qualify, students must be high school seniors, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a 500-word personal statement essay on their plans for the future.

Source: Travis Credit Union awards scholarships to 20 local high school students – The Reporter

FSUSD receives a $268,000 grant to support clean energy transportation – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has been awarded a $268,000 grant from the Carl Moyer Grant Program in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in order to procure two new near-zero emission propane buses and to cover all related infrastructure costs.

As part of the grant, two of the oldest diesel buses in the FSUSD fleet will be decommissioned. FSUSD’s participation in the Carl Moyer Grant Program has enabled the district’s transportation department to retire a total of twenty fuel-inefficient diesel buses.

Source: Press Release: FSUSD receives a $268,000 grant to support clean energy transportation

School district hosting teacher recruitment fair – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is hosting an in-person Teacher Recruitment Fair from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 13 at the central office, 2490 Hilborn Road.

The district is seeking qualified educators. Conditional offers may be made the same day. Positions are open for multi-subject teachers, single subject teachers in math and science, and special education teachers.

The event offers an opportunity to network with school principals and check out the district’s academic programs.

Source: School district hosting teacher recruitment fair

May Fair scholarships awarded to 7 Solano County students – Daily Republic

Natalie Victorine, a 2021 Dixon High graduate, was awarded the top agriculture scholarship from the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.

Victorine, who will major in agricultural communications this fall at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, received the $3,000 Ester Armstrong Scholarship. The award is named after the industry veteran and 2006-09 interim chief executive officer of the Dixon May Fair, who died of cancer.

Six other Solano County students will share the remaining $9,000 in scholarships awarded, the Dixon May Fair group announced in a statement.

Source: May Fair scholarships awarded to 7 Solano County students

Fairfield-Suisun school trustees extend employment agreements for top brass – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board voted Thursday to adopt updated employee agreements for several employee groups.

Assistant Superintendent Sheila McCabe’s contract agreement will be extended through June 30, 2023. It was done with much praise from the board for all of her contributions to the district.

“She has been professional in her role (all of them), she represents us well,” said board President Jonathan Richardson. “She pushes back at times but eventually people come around because they know what she is doing.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school trustees extend employment agreements for top brass

Jesse Bethel High replaces Cusi with Wollenweber as principal – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

Kirsten Wollenweber has been named the new Jesse Bethel High principal and will replace Dr. Ramon Cusi, who decided recently to resign for “personal reasons” after three years at the helm.

Wollenweber comes to the school with a lot of experience, having been the associated principal at Pittsburg High for the past two years. She began her career at Pittsburg in 1999 at Foothill Elementary where she worked as a teacher and an Early Literacy Coach. She became an administrator in 2004 with the Albany Unified School District. In 2007 she was an assistant principal at Pittsburg High School, and in 2011 was appointed Principal of Marina Vista Elementary School.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara, her master’s degree in educational leadership and her administrative services credential from St. Mary’s College.

Source: Jesse Bethel High replaces Cusi with Wollenweber as principal – Times-Herald

FSUSD hires two new communications staffers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District recently hired two staffers, a director of communications and community engagement and a new public information officer, it has been announced.

Abigail Hilliard has been named communications manager and public information officer for the sprawling district, the county’s largest, with some 22,500 students across 30 campuses.

And Jaden Baird has been selected as the district’s executive director of administrative services and community engagement.

Officials said in a press statement that Hilliard’s diverse background in both communications and elementary education made her a standout candidate “and an excellent match for the needs of the district.”

Source: FSUSD hires two new communications staffers – The Reporter

FSUSD appoints Laneia Grindle Assistant Superintendent of Business Services – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved the appointment of Laneia Grindle to the role of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services at a board meeting held June 24th.

Following a rigorous recruitment and application process that considered candidates from across the state and nation, Grindle rose to the top of the candidate pool. Selected as one of four outstanding finalists, Grindle participated in a panel interview led by representatives from School Services of California. Insight and feedback was provided by representatives of FSUSD’s employee organizations, school sites, department leads, and the Bond Oversight Committee. After being thoroughly vetted with extensive reference checks and a final interview with the executive cabinet, Grindle was recommended for appointment.

Source: Press Release: FSUSD appoints Laneia Grindle Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

Solano Community College shares new anti-hate video – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Solano Community College shared a new video with the community Thursday, pledging its continuing stance against racism and hate at all of its campuses.

Produced by James Thomas Media, the owner a Solano graduate himself, the two-minute video features faculty, staff and student leaders of many races in groups and individually.

Source: Solano Community College shares new anti-hate video

Ed Dept says it will issue a new Title IX regulation | Higher Ed Dive

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

DeVos’s rule, which took effect in August 2020, was loathed among advocates for sexual assault survivors. It transformed colleges’ Title IX processes into judiciary-style procedures requiring both parties to be able to cross-examine the other through a surrogate. It also limited the sexual violence cases institutions would need to investigate, including many off campus.

Biden on the campaign trail promised to strike down the rule and has taken steps to do so. He released an executive order in March calling for a review of the Title IX regulation. This month, the Education Department held five days of virtual hearings to accept feedback on the administration’s approach to Title IX.

Source: Ed Dept says it will issue a new Title IX regulation | Higher Ed Dive

California school districts receive unprecedented windfall but lack teachers to help students catch up – The Reporter

By Diana Lambert, EdSource

California schools collectively have billions of state and federal dollars to spend on programs to help students catch up on the learning they lost while school campuses were closed. But many districts do not have enough fully qualified teachers to fill regular classrooms, let alone to launch new academic programs this fall.

The state’s schools have struggled with teacher shortages for years, especially in the areas of special education, math, science and bilingual education, but the problem has worsened since the pandemic began. Research by the Learning Policy Institute, which consisted of interviews with district leaders from eight of the largest and nine of the smallest school districts in the state, found that the number of teacher candidates earning credentials declined during the pandemic.

Source: California school districts receive unprecedented windfall but lack teachers to help students catch up – The Reporter

FSUSD Names Jaden Baird as New Executive Director of Administrative Services & Community Engagement – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

As the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District continues to pursue the expansion of its special programs and community relations, it has selected Jaden Baird to lead the charge. Baird’s proven track record for maximizing the potential of and participation in public programs underscores his unique value to the community.

Baird’s affirmation by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Governing Board on May 27, 2021, followed an extensive vetting process, including a paper screening panel, two technical panels, a community panel, and a final interview with executive cabinet members.

Source: Good News: FSUSD Names Jaden Baird as New Executive Director of Administrative Services & Community Engagement

FSUSD Appoints Abigail Hilliard to the Role of Communications Manager & Public Information Officer – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

Following a rigorous evaluation process, in which several highly qualified candidates were reviewed by both paper screening and community panel, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has selected Abigail Hilliard as its new Communications Manager & Public Information Officer. Hilliard’s diverse background in both communications and elementary education made her a standout candidate and an excellent match for the needs of the district.

“Throughout the application process, Abigail’s passion for public service and vision for expanding community outreach set her apart. Her breadth of experience is custom-tailored to this new role, and we are excited to utilize her innovative communications know-how to better partner with our community of learners and leaders.”

Source: Good News: FSUSD Appoints Abigail Hilliard to the Role of Communications Manager & Public Information Officer

SCOE accepting applications for new members of Solano Youth Coalition – The Reporter

Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for new Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) student members. SYC engages students in open conversations and collaboration among a new generation of youth advocates and is open to youth residing in Solano County, ages 14-21 years old, who are attending school full time.

The mission of SYC is to raise awareness and advocate for safe and healthy choices in Solano communities. The student-based coalition educates peers and community members on issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs preventions, mental health awareness, violence prevention, social justice and racial equity. The coalition strives to build positive and healthy youth-adult partnerships as well as engage youth in being active leaders.

Source: Solano County Office of Education accepting applications for new members of Solano Youth Coalition – The Reporter

3 Rodriguez High nominees earn appointments to US military academies – Daily Republic

Three Rodriguez High School graduates are among those accepted to one of the nation’s military service academies.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, held a virtual ceremony Thursday for the 10 students accepted from his 3rd Congressional District.

Phoenix Sheppard is headed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Jason Booker and Angad Takhar are off to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Source: 3 Rodriguez High nominees earn appointments to US military academies

School district refinances bonds to save taxpayers $2M – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun School District refinanced its 2012 general obligation refunding bonds to save district property owners $2 million in taxes.

This is the second time in two years the district has refinanced at a lower interest rate. The first refinance was completed in 2012. The original bonds, issued in 2004, were authorized by voters in a 2002 election. The proceeds were used to provide renovated classrooms, repair aging school facilities and relieve overcrowding with new classrooms.

Source: School district refinances bonds to save taxpayers $2M